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>> mitchell: tonight protestors in yemen cheer the depar ture of their president for saudi arabia but does the continuing turmoil open the door for al qaeda? i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, new drugs appear to hold promise in the fight against melanoma an other cancers. on this 30th anniversary of the first reported case of aids, the story of a former h-- hiv positive man who doctors say has been functionally cured. and preschool pay dirt. she's four years old with a new york gallery show of her own. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. we begin tonight with the turmoil in yemen. the long time u.s. ally on the arabian peninsula whose future is now very much in doubt. here's the latest: president
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saleh has had surgery in saudi arabia after being wounded in an attack on his palace. a truce agreed too by major tribes is not holding everywhere and the u.s. ambassador met with the country's new acting president. the shock-waves are being felt all the way to washington where whit johnson begins our coverage. >> reporter: elation in the streets of yemen's capitol, anti-government demonstrators celebrated the exit of president ali abdullah saleh. the embattled leader who clung to power for almost 33 years is being treated in saudi arabia after being injured in a rocket attack on his presidential compound friday. reporter iona craig is in yemen and says reaction to his departure is mixed. >> they've certainly been celebrating over the last 24 hours as the news spread that president saleh left the country but in the north of the city again, there are shelling and mortar explosions at night, and not early hours of the morning as well. >> reporter: human-rights groups
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estimate more than 160 people have been killed in the fighting in the last two weeks. for now the vice president is assuming control of the country but a government official said today that president saleh plans to return to the capitol after he recovers from his injury. >> reporter: the uncertainty is adding to international fears that the already unstable nation could descend further into chaos. whit johnson, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: for perspective on what the fast moving events in yemen could mean for the united states we are joined in washington by our national security analyst juan zarate. juan, let's begin with the bloodshed in yemen. how ripe is the country right now with this violence continuing with the president
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gone? >> i think it's quite ripe for continued violence. you have president saleh now out of the country. it's not clear to me that he ever returns. you have tribal groups and militants vying for power in the capitol. and you have the group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula with greater breeding space in yemen. so i think the environment in yemen is ripe for greater violence in the future. >> mitchell: secretary of state clinton said earlier that president saleh and his government must go. however he has been a long time ally of the u.s. in the fight against al qaeda. so some are asking are we really better off with him gone for a while? >> it's a great question because i think yemen presents the most dangerous near-term problem for the united states. you have an al qaeda group there in yemen with greater breathing space. you have a number of tribal factions and divisions within the country vying for power. it's not quite clear what comes after president saleh. and so i think the united states has a world of problems, unfortunately, in the coming day in yemen. >> mitchell: juan zarate is washington, thanks a lot. elsewhere in the middle east security forces in the city of
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north west syria skilled-- killed as many as 35 protestors today. emerged this weekend. human-rights groups say the government crackdown has amateur video of clashes fighting in another city emerged this weekend. human-rights groups say the government crackdown has killed 1200 people since march. israeli troops in the golan heights border with syria fired on pro palestinian demonstrators who were trying to cross the frontier today. serbian tv says at least 18 people were killed and nearly 300 others wounded. israel accused syria of staging a provocation. there is encouraging news this evening in the fight against cancer. new clinical trials show a drug that slows the progress of advanced melanoma seems to be working. cynthia bowers has the story. >> reporter: researcher stop just short of calling this a magic bullet against skin cancer but say in europe and its effectiveness against melanoma the deadliest form of the disease is cause for celebration. >> patients who get the vemurafenib sometimes within 72 hours are already much better. off of pain medicine, maybe off of oxygen. >> reporter: until now, with the
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survival rate of just 15%, a diagnosis of advanced melanoma amounted to a death sentence. this drug showed a 63% reduction in the death rate after three months. unlike chemo which attacks healthy and unhealthy cells, this drug works by targeting only a genetic mutation called braf which may help the disease grow. this braf mutation is present in half of all melanoma patients. susan steel is living with stage four melanoma. at one point her life expectancies was just several months. but within a week of starting this drug last january, her tumor shrunk by more than 40%. >> i had a tumor the size of a football in my left flank that now was the size of my palm. >> reporter: melanoma kills on average one american every hour. it is the fastest growing cancer among young people 25 to 29, the second fastest growing among young people 15 to 29, and tragically, it is basically preventable.
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when it comes to melanoma, prevention and early detection save lives. this drug slows the progress and buys time. it's expected to be approved and on the market by the end of this year. that is warp speed in the world of medicine, but not quick enough for patients. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> mitchell: and for perspective on these cancer drug reports we are joined by our medical corespondent dr. john lapook. good evening. >> good evening. >> mitchell: why are we hearing these success stories now especially in case like melanoma? >> these are great examples of what is called personalized medicine. 30 years ago when we were treating cancer we would throw the kitchen sink at it, radio therapy, chemotherapy, hit like hitting somebody with a 2 x 4 and hope you killed the cancer before the patient. now we are smarter looking at the inner works of a cell. what makes the cancer? what are its weaknesses, their achilles heels and going after those. this drug say perfect example.
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there is a specific mutation, an abnormal protein present in about 50% of people. in those people this drug works. in other people it doesn't work. perfect example of personalized medicine. >> mitchell: there is also good news from breast cancer trials, lung cancer trials, is that because researchers now understand better how these cells work? >> absolutely. again it's a whole new way of looking at cancer. we used to say you have lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer. now we're looking at the pathways inside the cancer cells and it turns out a lot of those pathways are shared by different cancers. the beauty for people who have things like esophageal cancer, bladder cancer that are not well-funded cancers is that you will of the research being used and gleaned from other cancers that are better funded can be applied to these less funded cancers. so it's a real win-win for everybody. >> mitchell: very good news, john lapook, as always, thank you. >> health officials now suspect the likely cause of a deadly european e. coli outbreak are bean sprouts grown at an organic farm in northern germany and consumed in salads in many restaurants. the death toll reached 22 today- - all but one in germany-- more than 2,200 have been sickened.
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turning now to the economy, more bad news for the long term unemployed. according to new statistics more than 45% of those looking for jobs have been out of work for more than 27 weeks and the longer folks are out of a job, the longer it takes to find a new one as we hear from national correspondent ben tracey. >> reporter: tinong nwachan has far too much time on his hands. when we met him he had been out of work for two years. >> i'm not ashamed, i'm homeless. >> reporter: his day job is look for work at this jobless center in hollywood. >> he has plenty of company including fabian lambrecht. >> they are saying that there are more jobs. i just wonder where the jobs are. >> reporter: 6.2 million americans, 45% of all unemployed workers in this country have been jobless for more than six months. a higher percentage than during
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the great depression. >> i do mostly hostessing at the restaurant. >> reporter: the bigger the gap on the resume, the more questions employers have. >> how many years-- do you have. >> they think oh, there must be something really wrong with them because they haven't gotten a job six months, a year. two years. but that's not necessarily the case. >> reporter: the problem, of course, is the economy. but some industries especially not ever expected to come back. but some industries especially certain manufacturing jobs are not ever expected to come back. experts say unemployed workers need to be prepared to change careers. >> that person has to realize that discover what field they want to work in, become trained and move into that field. >> reporter: here is another problem: one million of the long term unemployed have now run out of unemployment benefits. that is left them without the money to get new training, buy new clothes and even get to job interviews. tinong isn't giving up on his search. >> i'm taking everything one day at a time.
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i'm just... eventually i will find something. >> reporter: a job that will take more of his time and take him off the streets. ben tracey, cbs news, los angeles. >> mitchell: and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", the perils of congressional tweeting. and rushes relief to the site of pain. it's clinically proven to relieve pain twice as fast. new bayer advanced aspirin. but when she got asthma, all i could do was worry ! specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice... and my hands were full. i couldn't sort through it all. with unitedhealthcare, it's different. we have access to great specialists, and our pediatrician gets all the information. everyone works as a team. and i only need to talk to one person about her care. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. just don't feel like they used to. are you one of them? remember when you had more energy
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twitter has become popular among politicians eager to get their message out. but after new york congressman anthony weiner struggled to explain how an embarrassing photo went out to his followers some are having second thoughts. nancy cordes has more. >> reporter: of the 533 members of congress, all but a handful of them use twitter. now accessible on most mobile phones twitter's reach gives users an unprecedented ability to promote their agenda and themselves 140 characters at a time. >> people like to vote for human beings. and twitter gives a candidate a unparalleled opportunity to appear human in realtime overtime. >> reporter: the politicians with the biggest twitter followings are the ones who tweet themselves instead of leaving it to their staff. "i'm tired of looking and feeling fat" wrote missouri senator claire mccaskill whose candid tweets have endeared her to 55,000 followers. newark new jersey mayor cory
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booker has amassed more than a million virtual constituents even though he runs a city of less than 300,000. last winter he used twitter to locate residents stranded by a blizzard. >> it's a powerful tool to connect with my community in ways that you really just can't in, through the regular means of e-mail or telephone or even going door-to-door or community meetings. >> reporter: but the immediacy of twitter, just type and hit send eliminates the opportunity for second thoughts as some lawmakers have learned the hard way. michigan congressman pete hoekstra got in hot water in 2009 for tweeting just landed in baghdad. even though the trip was supposed to be a secret. and last november seven little words prompted now retired senator chris dodd to issue an urgent apology after his account blasted profanity to nearly 13,000 followers. both men are still on twitter. as is congressman weiner who bragged digitally this week about all his new followers.
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for politicians seeking the spotlight, the on-line soapbox is just too tempting. nancy cordes, cbs news, capitol hill. >> mitchell: and just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", the aids patient who beat the odds. because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip.
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>> mitchell: 30 years ago today the center for disease control issued the very first report on the emerging aids epidemic. now after years of progress and holding back the disease there finally an apparent case of one successful cure. hank plante of our san francisco station kpix has the story. >> reporter: his name is timothy ray brown, a 45-year-old man now living in the bay area who tested positive for hiv back in 1995. but who now has entered the scientific journals as the first man in world history to have his hiv completely eliminated from his body. it's what doctors call a functional cure. he was living in berlin,
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germany, in 2007 dealing with h.i.v. and leukemia when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results. >> i quit taking my h.i.v. medication on the day that i got the transplants, and haven't had to take any since. >> reporter: leukemia and aids. >> right. >> reporter: gone? >> right. >> reporter: cured? >> yeah. all right, thank you. >> reporter: in fact, his only medical problem these days is one involving his speech and motor skills because of neurological damage after the treatment, but that's getting better. so how did this happen? the berlin patient received stem cells from a donor who was immune to h.i.v. in fact, about 1 percent of caucasians are immune to h.i.v. some say it goes back to the great plague. people who survived the plague developed an immunity and that immunity was passed down to their heirs today. >> am i looking at the first man in world history to be cured of h.i.v.? >> i think so. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> it makes me very happy.
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>> reporter: needless to say, timothy is now being monitored by doctors at san francisco general hospital and here at ucsf where we sought out a medical opinion from one of the most respected aids researchers in the world, dr. jay levy one of the co-discovers of the h.i.v. virus. >> if you are able to take the white cells from someone and-- manipulate them so they are no longer infected by h.i.v. and those white cells become the whole immune system of that individual, you've got essentially what we call a functional cure. >> reporter: we also sought out a medical opinion from dr. paul volberding, another pioneering aids experts who studied the disease for all of its 30 years. >> one element of his treatment, and we don't know which, allowed, apparently, the virus to be purged from his body. so it is going to be an interesting, i think, productive area of the study. >> they say he's cured.
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>> well, knock on wood. >> reporter: timothy brown's radical procedure may not be applicable to many other people with h.i.v. because of the difficulty in doing stem cell transplants and finding the right donor. but this one case does open the door to the field of cure research which is now gaining more attention. >> i'm cured of h.i.v.. i had h.i.v. but i don't any more. >> reporter: words that so many in the scientific community are now cautiously clinging to. in san francisco, hank plante for cbs news. >> mitchell: the california institute of regenerative medicine is now trying to replicate mr. brown's treatment for broader populations of people with h.i.v. the goal is to begin clinical trials next year. coming up on tonight's "cbs evening news," a new york gallery show for a four-year-old painter. are you one of them? remember when you had more energy for 18 holes with your buddies.
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win his 6th french open and 10th grand slam overall. and finally this evening, a rising young painter from down under is making quite a splash in the new york art world. with works that are selling for $5,000 and more. oh, did we mention that she's just four years old? elaine quijano has our story. >> reporter: at first glance it is the kind of art you would expect to see at a manhattan gallery. >> she's an abstract expressionist but she's also a surrealist. >> reporter: the pieces come with sophisticated titles. "lapis lazuli," "butterfly nebula," "escape from the cosmic zoo." a closer look reveals hints about the artist's identity, a little heart, a pink pony, and hand prints. she is four and a half-year-old aelita andre. >> how does it make you feel when you paint? >> very special. >> reporter: the young australian is already a veteran in the art world.
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at age two she had a body of work and now she has her first solo exhibit in the united states. >> what are your favorite colors? >> blue, yellow, green. >> reporter: a gallery director angela dibello was impressed by the art, the imagination and use of color before she learned a alita's age. >> i think that she is good. and not just good for a four and a half-year-old. >> reporter: but the high quality of the pieces las lead to skepticism from some who question whether the paintings are truly aelita's. her father insists they are authentic and says he videotaped aelita working on her pieces. >> it's all her. i welcome them to watch hundreds of hours of video that we've got. i can give them the uncut footage of her painting from start to finish. >> reporter: even before the exhibit opened four of the paintings sold, each cost around $5,000. >> i think it's interesting.
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i think it's beyond her years, for sure. >> reporter: aelita doesn't seem too concerned with reviews or expectations. >> what do you want to be when you grow up? >> a caterpillar. >> reporter: and if she can do this, maybe that's possible too. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news", later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening, i'm russ mitchell. cbs news in new york. the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley begins right here tomorrow night. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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memorial outside a san francisco fire h i'm linda yi. a family is gunned down in this neighborhood. their 3-month-old baby shot and killed. paying tribute to falling firefighters. the growing memorial outside a firehouse in morning. >> it gives me a whole new view on humanity. >> and keeping their cause alive 30 years after the first aids diagnosis. thousands of cyclists raise money for awareness. cbs news is next. ,,,,